Dad Central Introduces the Dad Directory

Do you have a community program, service, or resource for fathers that you would like to promote?

Dad Central is developing a Dad Directory of resources, programs, and supports for fathers across Canada. You can find the directory and add your resources here

About Dad Central

Dad Central Canada works to promote Father Involvement in Canada by:

  • Identifying and establishing best practices across Canada and around the world that connect and enhance fatherhood services
  • Supporting provincial and local efforts focused on engaging fathers by being a portal for information, education and research for fatherhood initiatives
  • Advocating on issues affecting fatherhood on a national scale

To learn more, contact Brian Russell at Dad Central. 

The EduTOX Video Challenge is back!

Contest opens Tuesday, September 5th

Back for its second year, the EduTOX Video Challenge is giving young people a platform to promote awareness and action on the environment and health - and a chance to be nationally recognized for their leadership. EduTOX invites young people ages 14 to 22 to make creative and compelling short videos that will get Canadians thinking about and taking action to reduce health impacts from everyday harmful toxins or climate change. In short, EduTOX is about youth leading the way to a healthier world in which to live, grow, work, and play.

The Sandbox Project is proud to be part of a project team that includes Pollution Probe, Health Canada, the University of Ottawa, the David Suzuki Foundation, Great-West Life, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, the Starfish Canada, Terra20 and TELUS. More information about EduTOX project partners can be found here

Stay connected

Follow @EduTOXvideo on Twitter, and EduTOX on Facebook for the latest contest updates. Information resources are available for teachers and professors to share with your students. Please email the EduTOX team to learn more. 

New CCSA Topic Summary: Youth Sport Participation and Substance Use

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is pleased to share their latest topic summary, Youth Sport Participation and Substance Use: Understanding the Relationship. This summary reviews the evidence on the relationship between sport participation and youth substance use, and outlines why it is challenging to understand in a Canadian context. It also summarizes the gaps in the research and future research implications.

It is estimated that 84% of children and youth aged 3 to 17 in Canada participate in some form of sport, and 60% participate in an organized sport. Given this popularity, there is a clear need to understand the potential benefits and risks associated with sport participation. Further understanding this relationship can help inform prevention efforts among Canadian youth. The opportunity to do more in this area is well-recognized by youth prevention workers — CCSA's 2015 environmental scan and this topic summary were both initiated at the request of several stakeholders working in this area. CCSA applauds their initiative and engagement on this issue.